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Citizens with a sincere desire to become involved in the Abilene community have the opportunity to serve on one of the boards of the City of Abilene. Each board member receives training and orientation to better prepare for a role as a council advisor. 

Twice a year, staff and/or board chairpersons provide the Mayor and Council a list of Boards whose members have terms expiring, a list of prospective board members, a chart of racial and gender makeup for each board, a brief summary of board functions and staff recommendations for reappointments and/or new appointments. After careful review of board information the Mayor, with Council approval, appoints and reappoints members to the boards.

Apply for Board Membership

Download the Board/Commission Candidate Application Form

By Mail 

By Mail

City Secretary
P.O. Box 60
Abilene, TX 79604

In Person

In Person

City Secretary
555 Walnut Street
Room 203
Abilene, Texas 79601

By Phone

By Phone

City Secretary
(325) 676-6229

By Email

By Email

Rosa.Rios
@abilenetx.gov

 

Post - Appointment Board Member Forms/Training

  • Oath of Office
    • Requires notarization
    • Issued/filed simultaneously with the Oath of Office
    • Original must be submitted to the Board Coordinator
  • Statement of Appointed Officer
    • Notarization not required
    • Issued/filed simultaneously with the Oath of Office
    • Original must be submitted to the Board Coordinator
  • Open Government Training*
    • Required to be taken within 90 days of appointment to any board or commission of the City of Abilene
    • Sessions include
      • (a) Open Meetings Act
      • (b) Public Information Act
    • Each session is about 1 hour long
    • Certificate must be submitted to the Board Coordinator
    • Ability to provide the Code to the Board Coordinator so they may print on your behalf

Board Information

  • Creation and Purpose

    The 9-1-1 Board manages, controls, and administers the 9-1-1 district for Taylor County.

    Staff Contact

    Wayne Lisenbee 
    Director of Facilities & Capital Improvements
    City of Abilene

    325-676-6283
    wayne.lisenbee@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    Created by City Council Resolution August 12, 1971 under the Housing Authority Law (Article 1269K VTCS), and declared a need for a housing authority since unsanitary or unsafe inhabited dwelling accommodations ex­ist; and there is a shortage of safe or sanitary dwelling accommodations available to persons of low income at rentals they can afford.

    Composition

    • Required Number:  5
    • 2 year term
    • Shall not be an officer or employee of the City
    • Appointed by the City Council
    • Removable by Council for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or misconduct in office.

    (Article 1269K, Sections 5 and 7)

    Board Meetings

    Agendas | Minutes | Website

    Staff Contact

    Tana Kauffman
    Executive Assistant
    325-676-6385 ext. 6379
    tana.kauffman@abileneha.org

  • Creation and Purpose

    The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Public Health and City Council in the implementation and en­forcement of health laws, rules and regulations of the City, Taylor County, and the State.

    Composition

    • 7 Member Board composed of the following:
      • 2 Qualified practicing physicians nominated by the Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical Society
      • 4 Laymen
        • 1 Nominated by Taylor County
        • 1 Representing the food industry
        • 2 Nominated by the City Council
      • 1 Qualified practicing dentist nominated by the 17th District Dental Society
    • Members must have been residents of Taylor County for at least 3 years prior to serv­ing.
    • Members serve 3 year terms.
    • Removal of  Members may occur for just cause, including but not limited to conviction of a felony, revocation of medical or dental license, misappropriation of funds or property, and embezzlement.
    • Director of Public Health shall be an ex-officio member of the Board and shall not have the power to vote.

    Powers and Duties

    • Recommend a qualified physician as Health Authority to the Council;
    • Assist the Director of Public Health in determining which programs the Health District shall conduct and make recommendations to City Council concerning programs, services and other public health issues.

    Staff Contact

    Santos Navarrette
    Health Director
    City of Abilene

    325-437-4608
    santos.navarrette@abilenetx.gov

     
     
  • Creation and Purpose

    Established by City Council Resolution #45-2003.  The City, County, and School have a shared, vested interest in building, developing and operating attractions and venues that spur and continue growth of the educational and tourism industry for the area.  On February 7, 2004 an election was held on the PROPOSITION that stated:

    AUTHORIZING THE ABILENE-TAYLOR COUNTY EVENTS DISTRICT TO PROVIDE FOR THE FINANCING, CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, AND/OR OPERATION OF THE VENUE PROJECT, TO-WIT: CITY OF ABILENE FRONTIER TEXAS!, A MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION AND WESTERN HERITAGE; THE EXPO CENTER OF TAYLOR COUNTY, AND PAVING AT AISD SHOTWELL STADIUM TOGETHER WITH RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE AND OTHER RELATED IMPROVEMENTS, AND TO IMPOSE A HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX AT A MAXIMUM RATE OF TWO PERCENT (2%) OF THE PRICE PAID FOR A ROOM IN A HOTEL IN THE CITY OF ABILENE, TEXAS AND TAYLOR COUNTY TEXAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING THE VENUE PROJECT, AS PROVIDED BY CHAPTER 355, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, AS AMENDED.

    The Proposition passed with 2,318 votes cast for and 1,310 against

    Composition

    • composed of five (5) directors:
    • two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City
    • two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the County Judge of Taylor County
    • the fifth (5th) director being a joint appointment of the Mayor and County Judge.
    • The directors constituting the first Board shall be those directors named in the concurrent resolutions.
    • Three (3) members of the first Board shall serve terms of two (2) years.
    • Two (2) members shall serve terms of one (1) year.
    • The respective terms of the initial Board shall be determined by appointment.
    • Thereafter, each successor member of the Board shall be appointed and shall serve for two (2) years or until his or her successor is appointed as hereinafter provided.
    • Any director may be removed from office by the appointing official or his successor in office at will.

    Staff Contact

    Mike Rains
    Director of Finance
    325-676-6324
    mike.rains@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    Created by City Council Resolution #60-1988.  The purpose of the Airport Development Board is to provide assistance, information and support to the Council to en­sure efficient and effective operation, development, and promotion of the Abilene Regional Airport while maximizing its growth potential.

    Bylaws amended by Resolutions #29-1989 passed 7/13/89, #4-1992 passed 1/23/92, Oral Resolution passed 9/22/94, Oral Resolution passed 9/28/00, and Oral Resolution passed 6/23/05.

    Composition

    The current bylaws state as follows regarding the appointment, reappointment and number of Members:
    • Required Number: 11
    • 6 citizens of the City of Abilene.
    • 1 citizen of Taylor County nominated by the Taylor County Commissioners.
    • 1 nominee from the membership of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce nominated by the Chairperson of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.
    • 1 nominee from the membership of the Abilene Industrial Foundation Board of Directors nominated by the Chairperson of the AIF Board of Directors.
    • 1 nominee from the membership of the Texas Midwest Community Network nominated by the Chairperson of the Texas Midwest Community Network Board of Directors.
    • 1 nominee from the membership of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau nominated by the Chairperson of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.
    • The Mayor, with the approval of City Council appoints all members.
    • All members have 3-year terms.
    • Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually from its official membership.

    Staff Contact

    Don Green
    Director of Transportation Services
    325-676-6061
    don.green@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    Created in accordance with Article 677, effective on September 1, 1982, relating to standards for certain animal shelters and the care of animals to assist the City in an advisory capacity, in complying with the regulations of the Ar­ticle.  The initial committee was appointed on August 12, 1982.

    Resolution No. 31-2006 adopted by Council on September 14, 2006 changed the board’s name from the Animal Control Advisory Committee to the Animal Services Advisory Board.

    Composition

    Section 4 of Article 677 requires that the composition of the Committee be as follows:
    • 1 Licensed veterinarian
    • 1 County or City official
    • 1 Individual with duties relative to daily operation of the animal shelter
    • 1 Representative from an animal welfare organization
    • 3 year term

    Staff Contact

    Mirenda Walden
    Animal Services Director
    325-698-0085
    mirenda.walden@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    Created through the City's first Zoning Ordinance #205 adopted April 12, 1946 in accordance with Article 1011g VATCS; and is granted all authority and powers provided by such Article, and Section 86 of the Charter.

    (Charter, Section 86 & Ordinance #205)

    Composition

    Zoning Ordinance #28-1984 adopted on March 8, 1984, provides the following:

    • 5 citizens appointed by the Mayor with approval of City Council.
    • 2 year terms.
    • 4 alternate members to serve in the absence of regular members, vacancies filled in the same manner; subject to removal as regular members.
    • Appointees serve without compensation and may not hold elective office of the State of Texas or any political subdivision.
    • Vacancy in an unexpired term shall be filled by the Mayor with approval of the Council for the remainder of the term.
    • Unexcused absences from 2 consecutive meetings without reasonable cause constitutes just cause for the removal of an official member.
    • Any member or alternate member may be removed from office for just cause or written charges by a 2/3 vote of the entire Council, following a public hearing.  Chairman of the Board shall notify the Mayor promptly of any vacancies, to be filled by Council within 30 days for the unexpired term of the original appointment.

    (Sections 23-356.2(a) & 23-356.2(c))

    Board Meetings

    Agendas & Minutes

    Board of Adjustment meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month

    Staff Contact

    James Prescott
    Planner I
    325-676-6475
    james.prescott@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    Originally established by City Council Ordinance #502 adopted October 22, 1970, in accordance with Volume 1 of the Uniform Building Code of 1967 (adopted by Ordinance #407).  The initial Board was appointed December 3, 1970 and established to replace the Board of Housing Appeals, which deter­mined the suitability of materials and methods of construction for the City.

    The Board hears appeals from any person aggrieved by any decision of the building official concerning the building and/or minimum housing code; and all cases wherein the building official has determined that repair or rehabilitation of a building, residential or nonresidential, is impractical and such substandard building should be demolished.

    (Ordinance #502 and Section 8-372 Abilene Municipal Code)

    Composition

    • Appointed by Mayor with approval of Council.
    • 7 voting members and alternates, to include the following:
      • Registered architect with at least 5 years experience in construction of all types of buildings.
      • Registered engineer with at least 5 years experience in construction of all types of buildings.
      • Mortgage loan banker engaged in mortgage loan banking at least 5 years.
      • Licensed real estate broker with at least 5 years experience in real estate appraisal.
      • Building contractor with at least 5 years experience in construction of all types of buildings.
      • Homebuilder with at least 5 years experience in construction of homes.
      • Social or welfare worker with at least 5 years experience.
      • Resident of the City.
    • 3 ex officio members who have no voting privileges.
    • 7 voting members shall not be employees of the City.
    • Alternate members serving in the absence of the designated voting member upon request by the Mayor or City Manager shall meet the requirements that apply, with the same term.
    • Ex-officio members shall render advice to regular Board members and shall include representatives from the following departments:
      • Planning and Zoning
      • Fire
      • Health
    • 2 year term.
    • Absences from regular monthly meetings for 3 consecutive times shall result in removal from the Board.
    • Vacancies shall be filled by appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

    (Sections 8-362 thru 8-367 Abilene Municipal Code)

    Board Meetings

    Agendas & Minutes

    Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall.

    Staff Contact

    Tim Littlejohn
    Building Official
    325-676-6486
    tim.littlejohn@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    Civic Center Advisory Board created September 12, 1970 to make recommendations to the City and Civic Center Manager as to operating policies, rental rates, concessions, planning and entertainment and social activities in the Civic Center.

    Civic Abilene, Inc., was authorized by City Council Resolution dated June 11, 1970, and incorporated on October 19, 1970, under the Texas Non-Profit Cor­poration Act (Article 1369-.01) to foster, promote, and present in City educational and cultural programs, attractions and enter­tainment of the Citizens of Abilene and surrounding area.  The Articles of Incorporation (Article IX) establish that members of the Civic Center Advisory Board shall constitute the Directors of Civic Abilene, Inc., and were formally appointed on April 9, 1970.  On April 13, 1978 the Advisory Board was abolished (Volume 20, Page 276 Minutes Record).

    Civic Abilene has the authority to sponsor or contract for programs, etc., lease the building's premises; lease and/or operate concession; and con­tract with individuals or organizations for sponsorship and promotion of specific programs or attractions.

    (Articles of Incorporation)

    Composition

    • Required number:  15
    • Resident of the City
    • Ex-Officio Members (no voting powers):  City Manager, Director of Community Services, Civic Center Manager, and Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Director
    • 3 year term
    • Appointed by the City Council
    • Removal of a Director shall be effected through appointment of a successor by unanimous vote of the City Council.

    (Section 4.02 thru 4.05 Bylaws)

    Staff Contact

    Molly Moser
    Convention Center Superintendent
    325-676-6210
    molly.moser@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    The Civil Service Commission is facilitated by the Director of Administrative Services. This Commission is comprised of three members. Commissioners hold office for a period of three years with Council approval. Commissioners may take official action in matters concerning Texas Local Government Code, Section 143, which pertains to Fire and Police matters, by a majority vote of its members at a properly posted meeting of the Commission of which a quorum of its members are present.

    Individuals are recommended for this position by the Police Chief, Fire Chief, or other pertinent department heads, and are approved for appointment by the City Council.

    Commissioners

    • Randy Burchell
    • Alice Harp
    • Sandy Self

    Staff Contact

    Brenda Alexander
    Human Resources Director
    City of Abilene

    325-676-6482
    Brenda.Alexander@abilenetx.gov

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    Location
    555 Walnut Street, Suite 207
    Abilene, Texas  79601

    Mailing Address
    PO Box 60
    Abilene, Texas 79604

    Phone
    (325) 734-3301
    (325) 676-6460 (Fax)

    Staff Contact

    Nicole Eaves
    Keep Abilene Beautiful Coordinator
    325-676-6281
    nicole.eaves@abilenetx.gov

    Keep Abilene Beautiful, formerly known as Abilene Clean & Proud, was established in 1986. KAB is a 501(c)(3) organization with 9 board of directors, appointed by City Council. The Keep Abilene Beautiful Coordinator is employed by the City of Abilene.

    Keep Abilene Beautiful is a Gold Star Affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful* and a Keep America Beautiful* Affiliate.

    Keep Abilene Beautiful meets the first Wednesday of every month. The meetings begin at 12 noon and last for one hour. The meetings are open and everyone is invited to attend.

    Visit Our Website

  • Creation and Purpose

    The Landmarks Commission was created in 1983 with the purpose of administering the provisions of the City Code relating to the protection and preservation of structures and lands deemed by the Abilene community to be of unique historical, architectural, and cultural value.

    Powers and Duties

    The City Council has entrusted the Landmarks Commission with the following powers and duties to carry out its purpose:

    • Review all applications for rezoning applications requesting the Historic Overlay zoning district and forwarding a recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
    • Review and approve or deny applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for exterior work done on properties in the Historic Overlay zoning district.
    • Maintain the Abilene Register of Historic Properties, a list of properties in the City of Abilene that exhibit historical, architectural, or cultural value to the community.
    • Pursue and formulate programs for private and public action to promote and encourage the preservation of historic properties.
    • With the assistance of City staff, provide information to owners of historic properties.

    Commission Composition and Members

    The Landmarks Commission is comprised of seven voting members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council. The Commission includes two residents, managers, or owners of historic properties; a member of the Abilene Preservation League; a member of the Taylor County Historical Commission; a licensed architect; a representative of the Abilene Board of Realtors; and a representative of the construction industry. The Commission also includes two alternate members.

    Commission Meetings

    Landmarks Commission Meeting Calendar 2018

    Agendas and Minutes (November 2016 to Present)

    Agendas (Prior to November 2016)
    Minutes (Prior to November 2016)

    Staff Contact

    Hayden D. Brodowsky
    Planner I/Historic Preservation Officer
    325-676-6230
    hayden.brodowsky@abilenetx.gov

  • Creation and Purpose

    Develops a general plan for physical development of the City, recommends approval or disapproval of proposed zoning district changes to City Council. Comprised of citizens of Abilene who own real property in City and do not hold elective office of the State or any other political subdivision.

    Board Meetings

    Current Zoning Cases, Agendas & Minutes

    Planning & Zoning meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month unless it is a holiday.

    Zoning Process Flow Chart

    Subdivision Process Flow Chart

    Staff Contact

    Mr. Zack Rainbow, Planning Services Manager
    Planning & Development Services
    (325) 676-6234
    zack.rainbow@abilenetx.gov

  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ)

    A tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) is a political subdivision of a municipality or county in the State of Texas created to implement tax increment financing. They may be initiated by the city or county or by petition of owners whose total holdings in the zone consist of a majority of the appraised property value. (Some states refer to these zones as TIF, or Tax Increment Financing.)

    TIRZ Boundary Map
    Financial Position

    Creation

    Created on December 5, 2013, by the City Council of Abilene, this plan includes approximately 1,594 acres including north and south downtown areas, as well as areas in proximity to Pine Street and Ambler Avenue corridors, all within the City’s corporate limits.

    Our Purpose

    The purpose of the zone is to facilitate such development or redevelopment by financing the costs of public works, public improvements, programs, and other projects benefiting the zone, plus other costs incidental to those expenditures, all of which costs are authorized by the Act.

    How are the funds generated?

    Contributions are provided by each taxing jurisdiction (City), and is calculated by multiplying the incremental assessed value by 100% of the property tax rates of participating taxing jurisdictions.

    How to Apply

    Development Policy & Application & Documents

    Planning & Development Services
    Attn:  TIRZ
    Post Office Box 60
    Abilene, Texas 79604-0060

    For more information, call Planning & Development Services - (325) 676-6237

    Staff Contact

    Mr. Taurus L. Freeman, MPA
    Director of Planning & Development Services
    (325) 676-6272
    taurus.freeman@abilenetx.gov

    Board Meetings

    Agendas  |  Minutes

    TIRZ Board Meeting Calendar

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